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Three Minute Thesis Heats promotion

The 2024 3MT heats will take place on March 7, 12 and 13.

Unveiling the 2024 3MT Challengers

February 20, 2024 — 


The much anticipated Three Minute Thesis (3MT©) competition is set to kick of its heats on March 7, 12 and 13th featuring a diverse array of graduate students ready to captivate audiences with their groundbreaking research.

The 3MT© competition, renowned for its distinctive format where challengers distill years of research in to a three-minute presentation, will showcase this year’s selection of thinkers, innovators and communicators. 

This year’s heats promise to be a showcase of multidisciplinary research, with participants from various disciplines. The diversity of topics reflects the dynamic nature of the research happening at the UM.

Heat #1 – Bannatyne Campus, 050 Apotex Centre at 10:00am

  • Stella Onwah – Immunology
  • Kaden Baskerville – Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Raneeta Thingnam – Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Julie Donahue – Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Ara Anam-Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • Megan Crooks-Psychology
  • Saeid Maghsoudi-Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Samuel Lawal-Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Sara Crooks –Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • Akshi Malik –Physiology and Pathophysiology

Heat #2 – Fort Garry Campus, E3-262 Engineering Building, 10:00am

  • Breanne Semenko – Human Nutritional Sciences
  • Maria Baranowski – Community Health Sciences
  • Dasinija Karikalan – Biosystems Engineering
  • Tamunoibi Ekine – Interior Design
  • Joanna Candas – Human Nutritional Sciences
  • Isanka Gimhani – Biosystems Engineering
  • Vidana Hewage Harshani Nadesshani – Food Sciences
  • Foluke Oyekale – Human Nutritional Sciences
  • Surani Matharaarachchi – Statistics
  • Jocelyn Zambrano Alvarado – Microbiology
  • Dallas Murphy – Psychology
  • Abhinav Tiwari – Biosystems Engineering
  • Shanelle Gingras – Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Jason Mergler – Applied Health Sciences

Heat #3 – Fort Garry Campus, E3-262 Engineering Building, 1:00pm

  • Dimitar Tomovski – Philosophy
  • Farzan Farnaghi – Interior Design
  • Naman Agarwal – Physics and Astronomy
  • Ruwani Wimalasekara – Microbiology
  • Kofi Oduro – Food Science
  • Cole Treyturik – Physics and Astronomy
  • Dario Lorenzoni – Physics and Astronomy
  • Termeh Shakery – Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Luma Clarino Lopes – Chemistry
  • Maximillan Scott – Earth Sciences
  • Ishika Mittal – Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Nnedinso Aguwa – Food Science
  • Maheshi Jayasinghe – Biosystems Engineering
  • Neil Lorente Cobo – Microbiology

The 3MT heats have become a platform for researchers to hone their communication skills, and share their research with the broader community. Dr. Kelley Main, dean of the faculty of graduate studies says “The 3MT competition is not just a showcase of graduate student research and innovation but also an opportunity for the public to engage with the incredible work happening in our academic community. We can’t wait to witness the impact of these intriguing presentations.”

Save the Date: Three challengers from each of the 3 heats, along with three wildcard selections will advance to the final competition being held on April 10th at 7:00pm at the Robert B Schultz Theatre, St. Johns College. Everyone is invited to attend the heats and the final event competition to cheer on the competitors. The winner of the UM 3MT© competition will then advance to the Western Regional 3MT competition which is is being hosted by the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus on May 8, 2024.

More information on the 3MT© competition can be found at

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